Can Poor Survive In Our Country

Today poverty is increasing as country is developing . Expenditure on vegetables is rising. Urban Indians’ expenditure on vegetables is more than that on protein-rich items or on sugar. The same holds for rural Indians. India is the second largest producer, after China, of vegetables and fruits in the world. Something is seriously wrong in the veggie economy. Vegetable prices have, in fact, been rising impressively over the last five years, irrespective of monsoon performance.

As for dal, we are in a jam. India’s pulse production has been flat-lining for 30 years. So, pricier pulses are not a surprise at any time. There are limited import options for pulses and whenever price expectations in food economy are on the higher side. Already the price of some vegetables are rising high to add to this the price of cereals are also increasing and among it the arahar dal is topping the list which doubled as compared to the past and becoming out of reach for the middle class is not at all withing the reach of poor .

If nothing is done soon to content the price very soon many lives are going to starve and malnourishment is on the way and many more going to come especially those who are relying on the cereals entirely for whom vegetable are not in their reach. It is not so for the higher class for whom its very easy to procure it even if price is higher but if difficult for the middle class like us .even I rely on the cereals like all and even I am finding it difficult ;leaving some cereals the most sought and fed upon cereals are riding high as price is compare.

Temperature in most parts of the country this year has been 3-4 degrees above normal for the last three months. This has cut the output of expensive vegetables and fruits and their already high prices are unlikely to east in the near future. Prices of potatoes and tomatoes are also ruling high. The Union finance minister has said so, holding lower production and a consequential supply shortage responsible for the high price of pulses, oilseeds, sugar and some other commodities. The domestic production of pulses is woefully short of requirement. Though the government has allowed duty-free import of pulses, supply in the international market is limited. The scarcity of sugar, on the other hand, is of the government’s making, though the country is in a position to produce enough sugar for domestic consumption and even exports. The same is true also of food grains. The second factor responsible for high food inflation, especially of the consumer price index, is market imperfections in retail. These too cannot be legislated away. Improving retail marketing of food items, both through a wider public distribution system and through a more efficient private retail trade, is the only way in which existing market distortions can be tackled and prices moderated. The government could consider permitting import of vegetables, especially potato and onion, and other commodities.

And with the government moving in a suspiciously slow manner over tackling these issues, the common man's pockets are not likely to breathe easy anytime soon.

Mrs Arora says that she has stopped buying which are high in prices and has started buying veggies like spinach. Not only she but many housewife's are being affected by price rise in veggies and cereals and cut down their budgets. And those who are below poverty line think about those families and houses, how they will be surviving and running their house? Its a curse upon poor people because they cant even buy things which are basic and common.

How long will this price rise last?

Can a poor survive in this inflation?

Shrusti Jain

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